African art and design thriving at Kenya’s North coast

Written By: Irene Muchuma

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Kenya’s North coast is a thriving share of the international Art and design scene. Conservationists and designers use plastics, sand and rocks to creatively make sculptures ranging from spiritual arts to African arts.

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It can be pretty tiresome to collect some sort of plastics, rocks and sand up to several tones but, like the student stumbling over endless scales on the piano, the boring bits have to be overcome before music can be played.

Conservationists and designers who care about the ocean at the North coast collect the discarded waste and create attractive things out of them.

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It is said that the keystone of excellence in a majority of arts is a battery of sound skills gained only with humility to learn and willingness to practice.

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Armando Tanzini is an award winning Italian artist who has joined forces with conservationists at the coastal part of Kenya. He won a UNESCO prize in 2000.

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He abandoned painting in favor of architecture and sculpture. His work is influenced by cultural art especially from the East Africa.

His magic world starts from his house few meters from the Vasco da Gama pillar in Malindi.

Immersed in nature, few steps from the Malindi beach, the fragrance from Frangipani flowers hit your nose, the melody of birds and insects on the giant Baobab trees relaxes your mind, and then there is Armando’s artwork that draws your attention.

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Sculptor, painter and architect, based on the belief that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, Armando forges recycled materials into artwork of a unique beauty.

Highly inspired by the African culture, as a team they work on multiple projects that aim to teach African people how to take advantage of their prime materials to expand their art practices.



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